Greensboro, NC -- GTCC and Triad JobLink want to fill an industry need for machinists. Machinists jobs are in demand in the Triad, but there seems to be more openings than qualified workers.
Community College leaders partnered with JobLink officials to offer scholarships to students interested in a 17 week training program to become certified in computer integrated machining.
Triad JobLink is screening applicants now to find the most qualified candidates who will be eligible for scholarships to cover the $1,536 cost of the program.
The problem is the deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 25, and program coordinators are still looking for qualified candidates.
They held an orientation session earlier this week and only one person showed up.
GTCC Machinist Instructor Jeremy Hedrick said workers are not aware because these jobs once went overseas.
"I think a lot of that is coming back now. They're realizing that by the time that they pay shipping and go through all of the quality stuff that they have to go through that it's just as cheap to make it here in the states and employ the students that we're sending out," stated Hedrick.
Program leaders believe it's an image and awareness problem. They explained that they're working hard to get the information out about this opportunity.
"I think what we're going to have is a situation where we have more people interested than we have slots available," explained Guilford Workforce Development Executive Director, Lillian Plummer.
The coursework will begin May 16 and run through October 11. Classes will be held at the GTCC-Wendover Campus on mornings and afternoons, Monday through Friday.
More orientation sessions will be held next week, but to sign up you must apply online.
To apply go to www.TriadJobLink.com. Or for more information, contact Raynard Johnson at 336-373-3018 or Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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